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Reinventing Privilege: The New (Gay) Man in Contemporary Popular Media
In recent years, the gay man/heterosexual woman couple configuration has become a genre unto itself in mediated popular culture, resulting in unprecedented mainstream visibility for gay men. MajorExpand
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She shoots, she scores: Mediated constructions of contemporary female athletes in coverage of the 1999 US women's soccer team
The contemporary mediascape is populated as never before by scores of female athletes and women's sports teams. Because the mainstream media are notorious for their perpetuation of traditional genderExpand
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Isn't It Ironic?: The Intersection of Third-Wave Feminism and Generation X
In this essay, I analyze how gender is constructed and communicated by women popularly associated with and thus representative of Generation X in order to assess the nature of the relationshipExpand
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Consuming Citizen: Neoliberating the Obese Body
The public discourse surrounding obesity in the United States reveals a great deal about contemporary cultural tensions and anxieties. In this essay, I assess that discourse as shaped by and inExpand
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Managing Masculinities: The Metrosexual Moment
In this essay, I explore the historical moment of metrosexuality in popular culture that, I argue, rather than simply a fad, constituted a logical premise vital to assuaging the “crisis” inExpand
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Shifting the Balance: The Contemporary Narrative of Obesity
  • H. Shugart
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Health communication
  • 31 January 2011
In this essay, I assess the narrative of obesity as articulated in representative contemporary mainstream media fare—namely, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Biggest Loser, and Big Medicine. I contendExpand
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Mediating third-wave feminism: appropriation as postmodern media practice
In this essay, we explore how sensibilities of third-wave feminism are appropriated by and in the context of postmodern media such that they are commodified, reinscribed, and sold to audiences in anExpand
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Counterhegemonic Acts: Appropriation as a Feminist Rhetorical Strategy.
In this essay, the rhetorical strategy of feminist appropriation is explored in order to assess its function as a counterhegemonic tactic. Two instances of feminist rhetorical appropriation areExpand
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Heavy Viewing: Emergent Frames in Contemporary News Coverage of Obesity
  • H. Shugart
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Health communication
  • 2 May 2011
In the last 10 years, rising rates of obesity in the United States have drawn significant and increasing public attention from various quarters, which has led to commensurately increased newsExpand
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Performing ambiguity: The passing of Ellen DeGeneres
This essay examines a contemporary case of a lesbian "passing" as a heterosexual woman in order to gain greater insight into the strategic rhetorical performances employed to that end. Specifically,Expand
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